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10 reasons why I’ve given up on Excel

Published by orgvue

Those of us considered (terrible phrase) knowledge workers know and occasionally love Excel. Its fast, flexible, multi-layered (from 6 cell tables to complex, interactive VBA applications). You only ever need to do as much or as little as you need. It’s completely user-driven, you get your hands on the dials and can make it tell any story you need it to.

The entire world economy runs on it.

So it’s a big brave move to go public for a bit of balance. I love and hate it in equal measure, here’s my top 10 reasons why it’s time for a change:

Excel? Nooo!

Excel? Nooo!

  1. Hierarchies are a nightmare, just try storing a deep org chart in it.
  2. Proliferation of versions, count how many you’ve got on your C: drive.
  3. Charting is painful.
  4. Because anyone can modify their local copy, data consistency doesn’t exist.
  5. There is no security or data integrity.
  6. Poor user experience, it’s just not very friendly
  7. 2-dimentional tables and pivoting is a dark art.
  8. No flexible connection to a presentation layer. You chart and then paste into PowerPoint manually.
  9. Doesn’t encourage exploration, you need to know what you are looking for and how to find or do it.
  10. Its quick and dirty (rather than quick and clean)

… and my pet hate: ‘sheet 1’ tab label. How hard is it to put a meaningful label on it?

What does this have to do with orgvue? I think our product team are building the next generation spread sheet for the web era. We’ve got all those aspects above and more covered and I am finding myself turning to orgvue over Excel in more and more instances. The number of times I hear the pain people have keeping their HR/people data in spread sheets. Once you’ve tried orgvue it’ll no longer make sense.